It’s widely hailed as “Ayrton Senna’s arrival race” in Formula One. This year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“It” is the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where a then-unheralded Brazilian rookie driving a Toleman ran down and nearly caught the McLaren of Alain Prost, before conditions were deemed too wet and too unsafe to continue.
Prost won from Senna in what were a pair of firsts. The win marked Prost’s first of four wins in the Monaco principality and of course, Senna’s first ever podium finish.
Prost’s last Monaco win came in 1988, where Senna’s rare unforced error after a weekend spent trying to not just beat his teammate but pummel him into submission got the better of him.
In the above video clip, live commentary from the BBC counts down as the 1984 race came to its ultimate, rain-shortened conclusion.
You can see all this weekend’s Formula One action from Monaco across the networks of NBC, beginning with Practice 1 live streamed Thursday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra. Practice 2 is at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”